US President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama attend the Commander and Chief Ball at the Washington Convention Center January 21, 2013 in Washington, DC. Obama and Biden attended Inauguration balls after being ceremonially sworn in for a second term leading the United States earlier today. Credit: AFP/Getty Images
WASHINGTON (TheBlaze/AP) -- President Barack Obama has thanked the troops during an inaugural ball honoring the military, and says their nation is behind them.
Obama appeared at the Commander in Chief Ball on Monday night and spoke to several troops in Afghanistan by teleconference. The crowd at the ball cheered the troops overseas. Obama told them the biggest cheer he got during his inaugural speech to the crowd on the National Mall was when he spoke about - quote - "the extraordinary men and women in uniform" who are keeping the country strong.
He told them they should know that - quote - "You will be on our minds tonight and every single night until our mission in Afghanistan is completed." He promised them they would get the equipment and support they need.
WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 21: U.S. President Barack Obama speaks to soldiers in Kandahar, Afghanistan during the Commander-In-Chief's Inaugural Ball January 21, 2013 in Washington, DC. Obama was sworn in today for his second term in a public ceremonial swearing in. Credit: Getty Images
Obama also shared a tender dance with First Lady Michelle Obama and even managed to get a kiss out of the deal. Watch the video below via CNN: